Author Archives: Andrew Haldane

Opinion: Could PEVEL help to secure the triumph of good over EVEL?

england-flagEvery time a Tory mentions English Votes for English Laws they have a certain daemonic glint in their eyes. The power junkies think they are about to get the keys to the pharmacy. They say nature abhors a vacuum, but the Tories can hardly conceal their delight at the vacuum created by the meteoric rise up the political agenda of the West Lothian Question (which they and their friends in the media have helped to propagate). In 2010 they gained 56% of English MPs with 40% of the English vote. Implementing overdue boundary revisions and reducing MP numbers would tilt the balance further in their favour. Requiring a good deal less than 40%, they could gain a majority of English MPs for the foreseeable future if historic voting patterns persist.

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Opinion: Could there still be a bright future for Lords reform?

Unless we are admitting defeat or  consider the electorate agog with admiration of the status-quo, we perhaps need to look beyond  the seemingly  compelling case for democratic legitimacy and begin developing some more imaginative ideas about what a reformed second chamber  might do  differently and explore its potential for transforming  politics.

Limiting the level of ambition for our shiny new democratic institution to the pursuit of the same old objectives of itself does not seem like a great leap forward.

It also leaves us vulnerable to the tactics adopted by the Conservatives and their press allies, who assiduously sought to cultivate public …

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  • User AvatarTCO 2nd Jul - 10:30am
    It's pretty clear from the tone of most of these anti-Norman posts that the party will fracture. It's just a matter of when.
  • User AvatarJohn Tilley 2nd Jul - 10:26am
    I have not read every comment in this thread thoroughly, because it became clear that some we're made from a position of some ignorance of...
  • User AvatarPhil Rimmer 2nd Jul - 10:19am
    Norman, you have lost the plot. That article is so riddled with bad policy, illiberal hints at policy, negative campaigning and unwillingness to accept your...
  • User AvatarRuth Bright 2nd Jul - 10:13am
    Interesting to compare with his line on "split the difference" when he appeared with Tim Farron on the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme on June 23....
  • User Avatartheakes 2nd Jul - 10:11am
    I am a supporter of Farron,but this is reckless. He needs to slow down and take a more balanced approach. Fracking in the Fylde could...
  • User AvatarDavid Howarth 2nd Jul - 9:59am
    Ed Good stuff and glad to see someone else using the BES data. I'm not sure, however, about one thing. You say, "So the Tories...
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